Amtrak, Roomette, St. Paul to Chicago October 2020
- Trip Duration: 8 hours
- Seat: 12 - Superliner Roomette
- Number of seats on train: 42
- Type of train: Amtrak Superliner
- Cost: $208, $108 for ticket, $100 for roomette addition
Booking a larger room gives you access to the Amtrak Lounge at your departure station. In St. Paul, it's a very small affair. In Chicago it's insane, but you need to be departing on a train from there to use it. Still, it was away from most people and had coffee and water.
The SeatA small 2 seat room with bed conversions, a sleeper bunk up top and converting the seats on the lower part. A table and power outlets for computer work (no internet wifi) that stows away. There is very little room for your bags so you should plan on storing them in the cage in the common area outside. Also it's on the lower level, which means less of a view but also less train sway.
The TrainThe amount of room is great on this train. There are the regular seat cars, the dining car and the VistaDome car, which is such a great view. It must be astounding taking this train through the Rockies with access to that car.
DiningFairly ok food, during covid they only offered prepared meals sadly, but the first drink was included!
ArrivalWe prepared to leave like the moment the train pulled into Chicago, but not before. You're immediately in the heart of the city which I love.
SummaryA roomette is really nice, probably overkill for an 8 hour ride, but it was nice nonetheless. Planting yourself with a drink in the dome car, whiling away the time, seems like a worthwhile endeavor. It's a very smooth ride and like a floating town as you head across the countryside.
Tip: I think getting in the dome car with a regular seat is probably just as good for $100 less than a roomette, but on a longer trip, I know I will want that bed.